It is popular today in many circles to say things like “we are all God’s children.” In one sense this is a true statement—however the way it is said often implies that we all have an equal standing before God or that all are headed to an eternal heaven. This is not what the Bible teaches. The Word of God clearly paints a very different picture.
The Kernel of Truth~We are all God’s children in the sense that we are all His creation and that we have all received a natural birth—which itself is a gift of grace.
The Bushel of Error~We are not all God’s children with regard to spiritual birth—which comes from being “born again” from above—through the process of eternal salvation which is only possible only through putting trust in God’s Son Jesus Christ.
The Word of God~“For now we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:26 TLB). We can only become God’s spiritual child by accepting the payment of our sin at the Cross of Calvary. In other words, there is only one way, one method, or one approach to eternal salvation.“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).
The Divine Process~Since we are not divine beings by natural birth the only way into God’s family is through adoption. The Apostle Paul summarized our adoption in the Book of Galatians. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, bornof a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out,‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir ofGod through Christ” (Galatians 4:1-7).
“But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ's life, the fulfillment of God's original promise” (Galatians 3:25-27 The Message).
The Bottom Line~There are two destinations for human beings—heaven and hell. Only those who have put their trust exclusively in the hands of Jesus Christ will be in heaven.
The Choice~Those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will one day hear Jesus Himself say, “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25,21, 23).
On the other hand Jesus warned, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven… I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me’” (Matthew 7:21,23).
How about you? Are you positively sure of your eternal destination?
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Traditionally factual as can be Robert. I have yet to find error in tying the same Matthew ch25 reference to ch7 “depart from me” saying:
34“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
41“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Now when we ask: “Are you positively sure of your eternal destination?”, it is so true, the word of God describes many a reference relating to confidence and assurance for oneself before the Father. But in this crucial case, I wonder if any other reader has missed what I have for so long? That when the righteous are welcomed by Christ, they respond short of “positively sure”, but are left to face the very One they have entrusted all, the great Shepherd of the flock saying “when” did we do the right thing at any time at all?
It is if as though the Lord knows fully well the realities surrounding this event will have human stamina swept right off its feet, and all of the most worthy thought of prospects brought to their face in fearful shame. As the Apostle said:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
Yet, when the Lord said concerning the suffereings of persecution:
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great” (Matthew 5:12)
This doesn’t remove the humble realities of the event, nor the confidence He wants us to have.
We will know more than ever in that day, nothing is worthy of it, the only worth is the “price” we were bought with, by the blood of Christ.